Now available on all digital is the wonderful film, Raya and the Last Dragon. The film will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Ultra 4K on May 18, 2021.
The film stars the voice talents of Awkwafina, Kelly Marie Tran, Alan Tudyk, Gemma Chan, Benedict Wong, Daniel Dae Kim and Sandra Oh, to name a few.
The film is distributed by Walt Disney Studios.
I’ve been looking forward to this film ever since I saw the first trailer for it. The animation alone piqued my interest in this film.
This is a fantasy, adventure film about a land called Kumandra. Kumandra was a wonderful place where people and dragons lived. That is until it was taken over by an evil spirit called the Druun. The Druun attacks everyone in Kumandra, including the dragons.
One dragon was able to survive long enough. Her name was Sisu. Sisu was able to put all of her magic into a magical gem that was able to get rid of the Druun and bring back to life the people of Kumandra. Sadly, the dragons were not revived. Sisu is the last dragon.
Rather than work together, the remining people fought over the gem, causing the people to divide themselves up into different tribes. Each tribe settles into various areas along a river that is shaped like a dragon. The tribes are located at key points along the river – Fang, Heart, Spine, Talon and Tail.
Chief Benja of the Heart tribe trains is daughter, Raya, to be the guardian of the gem. His hope that it can help the tribes reunite and become one again.
The Chief holds a feast and invited the leaders from all five tribes to attend. It was at this feast that Raya meets the daughter of the Chief of the Fang tribe, Namaari.
Namaari seems like a friend to Raya, even giving her a beautiful pendant as a gift. Because she seems like her friend, Raya, trusts Namaari. So much so that she tells Namaari where the gem is. Namaari lets it be known that she’s there to steal the gem for the Fang tribe.
Fearing the Fang tribe will steal the gem, all the tribes show up and start fighting over the gem. As a result, the gem gets broken into piece, and each tribe steals a piece.
Now that the magical gem is broken and seemingly destroyed, the Druun is awakened. Chief Benja is able to protect Raya from their power before he’s turned into stone.
Raya wants her family back, and she wants to restore peace among the tribes. The only way she can do that is to get back all of the pieces of the gem. It will also help to defeat the Druun before it destroys all the people in the land. The only way Raya can accomplish this monumental task is to seek the help of the last remaining dragon, Sisu. Can she find the elusive dragon? Does the dragon exist anymore? If she cannot find the last dragon to help her, how else will Raya bring the tribes together to defeat the Druun before it’s too late? To find out, you need to rent/purchase Raya and the Last Dragon. Look for it where ever movies are sold/rented.
This is a beautifully made film. The animation is gorgeous. It’s so realistic looking (even though dragons are not real). Even every strand of hair on Raya’s hair looks and moves so realistically.
It seems like the animation in Disney films gets even more realistic with each new film. Soon you won’t be able to tell an animated film from a life-action film.
I love the story line in this film. My husband initially thought it sounded “boring.” But after watching the film for a little bit, even he was engrossed into it.
This film is filled with a lot of interesting characters. Some are enjoyable, and others not-so-much. But that is what makes a great film – a variety of characters. It’s a very well rounded movie.
I’m sure some of the characters in this film, such as Raya, Sisu, the Ongis (monkeys), and Tuk Tuk are going to be popular toys for children.
There is so much going on in this film – family, friendship, trust, loyalty, determination, bravery… you name it, this film either includes it or touches upon it.
Raya is a girl, and some boys might think this is a “girly film.” That couldn’t be further from the truth. Boys, girls, women, men… everyone can enjoy this film, including young and old alike.
Raya is an “untraditional” Disney Princess of sorts. I like that she’s a strong character and one that little girls can look up to.
This film is rated PG. I think mostly the action/fight scenes is why is gets that rating and not “G”. Perhaps the storyline might have a part in the rating too. Still, I think children as young as five can enjoy this film.
The film runs just shy of two hours. Maybe the film could have been cut down to be a little shorter, but, I can’t think of what part of the film could be omitted. I think every scene is needed to tell this wonderful story from start to finish. I just don’t know if little kids can sit through a movie this long. They tend to have short attention spans. But who knows. There is so much action going on in this film that it could easily keep their interest.
There will be a lot of bonus content with the Blu-ray, DVD and Ultra 4K versions of the film.
If you are looking for a delightful, yet epic, film to watch this coming weekend, check out Raya and the Last Dragon.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.